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North Carolina Whirligig Festival

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Wilson, N.C. hosts its annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival on November 4-5 in Historic Downtown Wilson. The popular family-friendly community arts festival, which set attendance records last year, happens annually the first weekend in November. The street festival celebrates the arts, specifically the whimsical, wind-driven whirligigs (giant sculptures made from recycled industrial parts by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson). Families can enjoy arts and crafts, three live entertainment stages, 200+ vendors, food and beverage including a beer garden, non-profit organizations, and the free Whirli-Kidz Zone. The City of Wilson also sponsors Touch-A-Truck (for kids ages 3+ to explore, climb and touch variety of city trucks and emergency response vehicles) and an Inspiration Station zone where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists.

This year's festival coincides with the November 2 Grand Opening of the downtown Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, a one of a kind art park to celebrate its namesake and act as a home for his many creations.

Who: Wilson, N.C., with farming roots dating to 1849, is a vibrant community located in Eastern North Carolina, known for its hometown charm, thriving arts community, antiques, barbecue, and award-winning, revitalized downtown.

Where: The city of Wilson is 45-minutes east of Raleigh on U.S. Route 264. North Carolina Whirligig Festival is held in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilson along Nash, Tarboro, Goldsboro, South and Douglas Streets. Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is located at 301 Goldsboro Street S., Wilson, N.C. 27893.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5, 2017 (rain or shine). Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon - 5 pm. For schedule of events, parking or more information, visit www.whirligigfestivalnc.org or call Wilson Visitors Center at 800-497-7398.

Upcoming Places

Historic Downtown Wilson
Sat, Nov 4 at 10am, - 5pm
Sun, Nov 5 at 12pm, - 5pm

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